Cities & Climate Change Internship



Vacancy Description

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. For close to forty years, UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on building a brighter future for villages, towns, and cities of all sizes.

UN-Habitat promotes strengthened climate action in member states with the aim of reduced GHG Emissions and improved air quality, effective adaptation of communities and infrastructure to climate change, as part of its efforts in supporting countries to invest in vulnerable urban communities. UN-Habitat supports countries to mobilize investment from vertical climate funds.

UN-Habitat’s Programme Development Branch (PDB) under the Global Solutions Division is overseeing the Agency portfolio under the Domain of Change: Strengthened Climate Action and Improved urban Environment. In PDB, a Climate Change Team is supporting countries in developing urban climate vulnerability and Risk assessments, climate action plans and climate projects. Further, PDB is supporting countries integrate climate change in national urban policies and urban issues in national climate policies, plans and strategies and supports Technical Cooperation.

The UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change internship is for 5-6 months.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship. The work hours during the internship shall be determined based on individual discussion between the intern and the supervisor(s) taking into consideration the minimum requirements of the Organization and the time difference between the hosting office and the location of the intern

The Internship is UNPAID and full-time.

Interns work five days per week under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.


Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background; the intern’s assigned office as well as the internship period.

Under the general supervision of the Branch Coordinator, reporting to the Programme Management Officer, the intern will:

– Assist in planning and implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, in particular supporting the Flagship Programme RISE UP: Resilient Settlement for the Urban Poor; Promoting Low-Emission Development Strategies, integrated urban responses in the context of the Cities and Climate Change Imitative with a particular view of integrating a COVID-19 response.

Knowledge management:
– Research on contemporary topics related to cities, climate change and sustainable urbanization, with a view to support production of normative publications.
– Review UN-Habitat outputs with a view to extract and capture relevant knowledge and experiences, including in the form of technical materials.
– Support partnerships with a wide ranging group of urban climate change stakeholders.

– Support the planning, preparation, and delivery of outreach and public events such as training events, seminars and conferences.
– Assist in communications and social media presence.
– Support drafting of material and or stories for external and internal audiences.

– Support tasks relevant to candidate and the team, as jointly determined.

Task Opportunities
Familiarize oneself with the United Nations and UN-Habitat in;
– Technical issues involving the urban development and climate change’
– How agencies respond to requests from member states, donors and partners


Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Applicants must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:

a. Be enrolled in a graduate school Programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
b. Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree program (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
c. Have graduated with Bachelor’s degree, Masters, PhD or equivalent.

Be computer literate in standard software applications.

Have demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter;

Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Preferred Area of Studies;

– Urban Planning, Climate Change, Environmental Science or similar relevant areas (M.Sc or PhD candidate preferable).
– Experience in this field, is desirable.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship position, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.


Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration

Special Notice

“In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may be requested to undertake the internship remotely in view of constraints regarding visa issuance, international travel and access to UN premises. Applicants must be willing and prepared to undertake the internship remotely for a part or the entirety of the internship.”

Your application for this internship must include:

1. A Completed application (Personal History Profile) and Cover Note, through the UN careers Portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:

– Title of the degree you are currently pursuing
– Graduation Date
– IT skills and programmes you are proficient in
– Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship
– Indicate how an internship with UN-Habitat corresponds to your academic interests or will contribute to your professional development..

Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme, ensure to include all past work experience (if any).

2. Proof of enrollment from current University (if not graduated).

3. A copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

Due to a high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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Cities & Climate Change Internship INTERN January 10, 2021 2021-01-22 Nairobi | Remote Nairobi County, Kenya KE UNPAID KES